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Book seven of the Ciaphas Cain series

Legendary Commissar Ciaphas Cain joins a group of Reclamators Space Marines aboard a space hulk but soon finds himself alone and faced with both tyranids and orks....

Listen to it because: it's a typically sideways look at the mighty Adeptus Astartes (albeit a pretty unusual chapter), viewing them through the eyes of the wry and dry Commissar Cain.

The story: Commissar Cain is called to duty once more, saving a governor's daughter from a planet overrun by rebels. The uprising hides something far more sinister however - genestealer hybrids! The search for the source of the alien threat leads Cain to a drifting space hulk - a far safer place than beside the obsessed governor's daughter. But when the Reclamator Space Marines suffer devastating losses at the hands of the Great Devourer, Cain and his trusty aide Jurgen must go it alone. With the tyranids waking and a group of stow away orks on the loose, there are no safe places to run or hide, and Cain must use all his ingenuity and cunning to escape the space hulk alive.

Written by Sandy Mitchell. Narrated by Helen McAlpine, Stephen Perring, Penelope Rawlins and Andrew James Spooner.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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Smooth like silk

The cain books are always full of action, dry humour and irony and semi realistic look at the imperium from the viewpoint of someone trying to have a quiet life, to be honest I felt more sympathy for cain and jurgen having to suffer Myra and the genestealers and orcs must have been a nice break from her 😉

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Another great Cain archive

Another great book from the Cain archive, Sandy Mitchell once again combines humor, heroics and jurgens body odor to produce a winner

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another great

Once again sandy Mitchell did not let me down. can't wait for the next one.

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Cain all the way!

A classic Sandy Mitchell book brought to life by excellent narration. Bringing a touch of reality (and humour) to the otherwise depressing 40k universe.

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Love it !!

Great read very quick taking the 40k world and adding dry humour is very satirical can’t wait for the next

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AKA, Cain and the Shapely Governor's Daughter!

Another rip roaring belter in the Caiphus Cain series, matching humour to horror which see our hapless hero balancing trying to keep his head with getting his leg over, while yet again jumping out of a frier into another, much hotter one, this time assisted by Astartes, who mistake Cain's knack for survival as a common love for Xenos murdering, and drag him into one of the most dangerous environments in the setting.

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Not as good as previous

This book drops a bit in quality compared to some of the other books.
It's still good and performed excellently but compared to the other stories I found it lacking

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Great job Sandy Mitchell!

great proof that being a scallywag and a gentleman can make one a great hero.

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Thanks, Sandym

I am thankful that the Ciaphas series live on. This wasn't the best story, but it was entertaining nontheless. The narrators are great.

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all filler

absolutely loved all the previous Cain books but the emperor's finest was a huge disappointment. the story is just really bad it felt like the author just phoned this one in if it was a TV show it would be a clipshow/flashback episode. the plot is very dull and predictable, the new characters are uninteresting the book isn't particularly funny or witty and even the action seems half arsed. the ending felt incredibly rushed almost like the author had a deadline he couldn't meet so just knocked out something in an afternoon that provides no closure.




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  • James Lloyd Plowman
  • 18-01-22

Cain Strikes Again!

Genestealers vs Orks, with Cain and Jurgen caught in the middle as per usual! What more could you ask for?

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  • snozek
  • 17-02-22

Cain never disappoints

Anybody familiar with the Cain novels will be welcoming this novel as another of the beloved set.

This story is a bit of a flashback, but entirely worthwhile! The space hulk Spawn of Damnation, Viridia, the Reclaimers, and a lot of "domestic swashbuckling".

Cain is the Black Adder of the 40k, along with his own Bauldric.

This is an audio book with 4 separate voice actors, so be aware. They are in excellent concert, unforced, and arranged in such a way that it makes sense.

This is NOT some sort of nonsense audio drama, with daft sound effects and bad sound mixing.

This is a tried and true, well directed, well performed, enjoyable novel about our favorite "Hero of the Imperium".

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  • Jacob Adams
  • 04-02-22

Great Cain Novel

love this like all of the others. no complaints with the performance and the story was Fantastic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-22

finest hours

I very much enjoyed this book. the final hours did have me other edge of my seat.

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  • Malte S. Mikus
  • 30-01-22

Cain fighting off more than physical danger!

Brilliant, hilarious and witty as usual! Just hit the spot... Fantastic to listen to such a story in the grim darkness of the 40k universe!

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  • ODA doc
  • 27-01-22

Cain at it again

what a great book. I love it.

Sandy Mitchell is a phenomenal writer for the lighter side of Warhammer 40,000

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  • Evan E.
  • 26-01-22

love me some Cain!

I love, love love the Ciaphas Cain Books! My favorites among warhammer other than like a couple more niche books like Imperial Glory

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  • TheCarlinist
  • 25-01-22

Great Book

Now back to waiting for the next Cain book. I love this series and I hope we see a new Cain book soon.

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  • Wesley Baugh
  • 25-01-22

hero of the imperium

great as always and interesting that they went back in time for this. Nice to see humans with enough witt can outshine SMs

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  • brad
  • 23-01-22

They had me in the first 2 hours not going to lie

warning small spoiler ahead

I love the book as always it was entertaining and I really couldn't put it down. they had me in the first two hours because I thought jürgan wasnt going to have a role in this. Then like magic he appeared and proceeded to save Kane from the ministrations of nobility and servants that just wanted to do their job.

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